|Edmund R. Burke, an exercise physiology expert who helped train Olympic cyclists, died of an apparent heart attack while riding his bicycle. He was 53. He was cycling near Gold Camp Road on Thursday when he collapsed, said his wife, Kathleen Burke. He died at Memorial Hospital.|
Ed Burke was coordinator of sports sciences for the U.S. cycling team leading to the 1996 Olympics and a staff member for the 1980 and 1984 Olympic cycling teams.
Burke was later professor of biology at the University of Colorado. He edited several books on cycling, nutrition and sports physiology, including "The Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling," "Complete Home Fitness Handbook" and "High Tech Cycling."
He also wrote columns for The Gazette, Nutritional Science News, VeloNews and other publications and free-lanced for national magazines.
Chris Carmichael, who coaches Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, said Burke had a big influence on his life and cycling career.www.bayarea.com
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